Being Coy & Breaking the Fat Barrier
Please accept my apologies for not having a post up yesterday A.M. — I realize that for many of you this blog is the only reason you get out of bed in the morning… I can only imagine the joy and tremor of anticipation one feels, rivaled only by a children’s excitement on christmas morning, that each of you must feel just before reading the coming days missive. As with quivering fingers, a gentle hand to mouse, you coyly open your browser and navigate to the euphoria inducing morsel that awaits.
It breaks my well monitored heart to think of all the disappointed faces and how you must look like children who have finished opening all their presents on christmas morning, only to find – all you got were a pair of leg warmers and a used slap chop.
It’s never my intention to disappoint you, I was diligently writing away and had finished my post, gone to find an appropriate photo and then publish to broadcast… BUT the bloody thing froze. I tried and tried to get back in, even went so far as to do a hard-reboot nothing worked. I was adrift in the digital sea, with no paddles and very little potable water… I tried for quite a while but then had to forsake the whole endeavor because I had to get up early for the cardiac surgeons post-op appointment. Which I will tell you about tomorrow – because I am not wasting a post, so here is the one I wrote last night – the very one the interweb held hostage for 24 hours…. Please feel free to write Obama to complain….
So ummmmmm, listen to this little outrageous nugget of deliciousness;
Twinkies. Nutty bars. Powdered donuts. Ho-Ho’s, Half-Moons, Joe Louis’s….
For 10 weeks, Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, ate one of these sugary cakelets every three hours, instead of meals. To add variety in his steady stream of Hostess and Little Debbie snacks, Haub munched on Doritos chips, sugary cereals and Oreos, too. His premise: That in weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most — not the nutritional value of the food. The premise held up: On his “convenience store diet,” he shed 27 pounds in two months.
For a class project, Haub limited himself to less than 1,800 calories a day. A man of Haub’s pre-dieting size usually consumes about 2,600 calories daily. So he followed a basic principle of weight loss: He consumed significantly fewer calories than he burned.
His body mass index went from 28.8, considered overweight, to 24.9, which is normal. He now weighs 174 pounds. But you might expect other indicators of health would have suffered. Not so. Haub’s “bad” cholesterol, or LDL, dropped 20 percent and his “good” cholesterol, or HDL, increased by 20 percent. He reduced the level of triglycerides, which are a form of fat, by 39 percent.
Haub’s body fat dropped from 33.4 to 24.9 percent. This posed the question: What matters more for weight loss, the quantity or quality of calories? A spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, said she’s not surprised to hear Haub’s health markers improved even when he loaded up on processed snack cakes. Being overweight is the central problem that leads to complications like high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, she said. When you lose weight, regardless of how you’re doing it — even if it’s with packaged foods, generally you will see these markers improve when weight loss has improved,” she said.
Before his Twinkie diet, he tried to eat a healthy diet that included whole grains, dietary fiber, berries and bananas, vegetables and occasional treats like pizza. “There seems to be a disconnect between eating healthy and being healthy,” Haub said. “It may not be the same. I was eating healthier, but I wasn’t healthy. I was eating too much.” He maintained the same level of moderate physical activity as before going on the diet……
Sooooo, ahhhhhh – Clearly, I have some shopping to do…… forget the vegetarian crap… it is all cake all the time from now on….
Have a Great Day